Looking At CORE

Today’s education news includes a mix of stories about hazing, MOOCs, pensions, and testing, along with a handful of pieces (3) about how CTU / CORE does what it does (and its latest fiery rhetoric).  Take a look.  Tell me what I’m missing.  TGIF.


Chicago Teachers Union charges Chicago Public Schools with ‘educational apartheid’ Crain’s: In a new report being issued today, the union in unambiguous terms makes a racial claim, contending that white businessmen and charter operators are gaining from what it calls “the chaos of (public) school closings” and “the dishonesty of underutilization.”

Democratic to the CORE In These Times: Leadership broadened the rights and responsibilities of members in the governing House of Delegates. Fourteen member-led committees, from political action to media, were tasked with central roles in the union’s day-to-day functioning. A new training program prepared delegates and members for union organizing and governance. At schools, committees of teachers, parents and students were organized to facilitate activism independent of union leadership. Quickly, educators began to take control of their union. “We turned our members into organizers, then we cut them loose,” says CTU staffer Matt Luskin.

What I learned about successful organizing from Chicago teachers’ strike leaders Notebook: CORE worked to alter the image of the teachers’ union as an entity concerned only with teacher benefits and contracts. The group was able to articulate a new vision for the union as an organizing body that, in addition to protecting teachers, would simultaneously stand and fight for schools and students.


The University of Chicagoland — at Missouri Tribune:  In an academic border war, Mizzou is luring ‘highly talented’ Illinois students. This fall’s tally — 1,370 freshmen from the Land of Lincoln.

More families join hazing lawsuit against suburban school district WBEZ:  The four students are accusing coaches and school officials of allowing some students from the baseball and soccer teams to subject other players to physical and sexual abuse. The three students who joined the suit yesterday are members of the baseball and soccer teams.

MOOCs? Distance learning? Technology’s impact on higher education WBEZ:  One plan widely discussed in the halls of academia is to reduce the on campus university experience from four to three years without radically changing the course load — students would be in residence for three years and be charged three years of tuition.

Chartering For The Sake of Chartering Tim Furman: If the best practice that we’re secretly in favor of as a matter of policy is self-segregation, that should be said honestly. If there’s some other practice, I’d like to hear about it.

A schools chief with big benefits Chicago Tribune: Forgiven $75,000 home loan, large travel expenses spur calls for better financial oversight.

Illinois high court upholds school funding system WBEZ: The 2010 lawsuit argued some residents in poorer districts whose property is worth less must pay a higher tax rate to reach funding levels of those in wealthier school districts. It called that unconstitutional and unfair.

Here’s why Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund is in meltdown Crain’s: Though current Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey says he recalls the union objected in Springfield, other sources say any objection was perfunctory. The key votes were 48-6-3 in the Senate and 92-17-7 in the House.

Emanuel: Chicago kids ‘champs on and off the court’ nwitimes: “Never bet against the kids of the city of Chicago,” Emanuel said at the Carmelite high school celebrating the Caravan’s 28-14 victory over northwest suburban Glenbard North High School on Saturday for the Class 8A state football championship.

The Culture Of Testing in Chicago Tim Furman: In a word, wow. RYH held the most remarkable forum tonight, called The Culture of Testing- Assessing the Assessments at CPS. I’ve been to a lot of forums in the past couple of years; this one was far and away the most… astonishing? poignant? I don’t even know the word for what it was… It’s the sort of “community input” you won’t be seeing in B3’s upcoming “outreach,” I’m pretty sure.

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